Will Hurricane Lee Affect Long Island? Here’s What Experts Have To Say

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Hurricane Lee could cause hazardous surf conditions, but experts aren’t predicting it will make landfall on Long Island. (FILE AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Hurricane Lee is a major hurricane out in the Atlantic Ocean, but experts are saying it most likely will miss Long Island.

“It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the western edge gets a little like close to eastern Long Island, but at this time is everything’s pointing at a miss,” the National Weather Service said to the Press. “The large majority of the guidance says no direct impacts — mainly just high surf, some elevated seas, that sort of thing. Confidence is starting to continue to slowly increase as we get closer, it’s going to be moving off to the east of us.”

This is similar to Hurricane Franklin, which caused hazardous surf conditions such as rip currents on Long Island that shut down beaches.

The National Hurricane Center predicted, on Twitter, a potential path for Lee, which shows it missing Long Island and making landfall in New England.

While it’s still too early to know for sure what Lee’s full path could be, experts maintain that the chances of Lee swinging westward and hitting Long Island remain low.

It is not currently known if New York State, either of Long Island’s counties, or any towns plan to shut down beaches over the weekend due to surf conditions.

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